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Southgate: Tammy Abraham is ready for England call-up

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Gareth Southgate is certain Tammy Abraham is ready for the big stage after calling him up for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers this month.

Southgate has recalled Abraham back into the England fold for the first time since the Chelsea striker played in two friendlies against Germany and Brazil in 2017.

The Three Lions boss’ decision comes following a breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge for Abraham. So far, he’s scored an impressive eight goals in 10 appearances across all competitions.

Only Manchester City star Sergio Aguero, in fact, has bettered his tally of seven goals in the Premier League this season.

Now the 22-year-old will hope to make his mark in the England squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

“I mean, he’s the leading English goalscorer in the league,” Southgate told reporters.

“He’s obviously a player we put into the squad very young at a time when we wanted to look at some younger players and change the complexion of what we were doing back in November, ahead of the World Cup.

“That was a bit early for him, and now it’s brilliant, the opportunity he’s been given by [head coach] Frank [Lampard], along with some of the other young English players at Chelsea, so that’s been fabulous for them.

“So, it’s a great chance for Tammy. He’s always scored goals with our junior teams. He’s always scored goals through Chelsea’s youth teams.

“He’s done that on loan in the Championship fairly consistently and now he’s really grasped this opportunity at the beginning of the season, so it’s thoroughly well-deserved.”

Mason Mount, Ross Barkley and Fikayo Tomori will join Chelsea team-mate Abraham in the England team for this month.

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CESENA, ITALY – JUNE 18: Oliver Ntcham of France and Tammy Abraham of England in action during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Championship Group C match between England and France at Dino Manuzzi Stadium on June 18, 2019 in Cesena, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)